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Statehouse Live: Push on for medical marijuana in Kansas

April 18, 2011

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— Supporters of legalizing marijuana for medical reasons are making a push this session to get a hearing on their proposed legislation.

State Rep. Gail Finney, D-Wichita, urged supporters to contact their legislators this week to work on the proposal.

Finney has introduced the "Cannabis Compassionate Care Act," which would legalize the use of medical marijuana for Kansans with certain debilitating illnesses, such as cancer, AIDS, Crohn's disease, multiple sclerosis and hepatitis C.

The Kannabis Project is organizing a day of action on Wednesday to urge legislative leaders to allow a hearing on House Bill 2330. Currently, 15 states and Washington D.C. have medical marijuana laws, Finney said.

The Legislature reconvenes its session on April 27.

Comments

WHY 4 years, 1 month ago

Pitchforks and torches for the masses. We must fight this insanity. Allowing people who suffer some relief in a non-traditional way is not American. Dirty hippies all give each other AIDS and then want illegal drugs. I say no. Fight to restore this Christian country where good old boys drink bud light just as their fathers did not kind bud like those filthy heathens.

WHY 4 years, 1 month ago

Join my campaign to rid the world of all pain relievers. Pain is gods way of telling us we are not doing a good job. Asprin allows us to avoid using the power of prayer to fight disease. Drugs bad. God Good. Join the campaign and take away an old persons medicine today.

ljo52 4 years, 1 month ago

Can I say hippicrits! I don't see anyone complaining about pharmacutical drugs that will actual kill a person if taken to many. Marijuana is by far a gateway drug if anything alcohol is the biggest gate way drug ever made.

WHY 4 years, 1 month ago

There already was medical ecstasy, it is a drug used quite successfully to treat a number of psychological conditions. Cocaine is still used as a medical drug for nasal operations. A derivative of heroin (morphine) is in wide use in the medical field.

livinginlawrence 4 years, 1 month ago

Excellent response. DeaconBlue's post is typical of individuals who oppose the decriminalization of pot for any reason (even as medicine, which has been proven effective for various ails) but lack sufficient knowledge on the matter to make sensible suggestions.

Even if the above wasn't true about the uses of the other drugs mentioned, cannabis still differs from beer, crack, and meth in terms of its effects on the body. The only health consequence that has been proven to come directly from using marijuana only is a factor if you smoke it.

WHY 4 years, 1 month ago

I forgot to include medical uses for alcohol antiseptic/ pain reliever, and amphetamines like ritalin used to treat ADD/ADHD.

handley 4 years, 1 month ago

Sunday April 17 2011 MAN ON MARIJUANA CROSSED OVER MEDIAN AND KILLED HIMSELF AND A CHILD SENT ANOTHER CHILD TO CHILDRENS MERCY HOSPITAL WITH A BROKEN NECK. And we need legal drugs?

davo1546 4 years, 1 month ago

Just because the individual tested positive for THC, doesn't mean that person was high at the time, which also means that THC doesn't kill people. That highway is more like an AUTOBAHN, anything can happen at such high speeds.

Shane Garrett 4 years, 1 month ago

Are you saying he dropped his joint? Crossed over while trying to retrieve it from the floorboard?

davo1546 4 years, 1 month ago

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Cait McKnelly 4 years, 1 month ago

He also had benzodiazepine and methadone (a derivative of heroin) in his blood. These are far worse drugs than marijuana and completely and legally prescribed. Stop trying to sensationalize the fact that he he had THC in the grocery bag.

DillonBarnes 4 years, 1 month ago

Let's not forget alcohol is a legal drug and it's impact on road safety.

DillonBarnes 4 years, 1 month ago

Getting medical marijuana passed in Kansas, with this legislature and Governor!? What are they, high!?

frank mcguinness 4 years, 1 month ago

Fiscal conservatives are for the most part ok with medical marijuana. Its the social conservatives who will stonewall.

Cait McKnelly 4 years, 1 month ago

This is true. There is far less "sin tax" coming in from tobacco these days and marijuana is a promising source of taxation.

pizzapete 4 years, 1 month ago

It's just a matter of time before marijuana is made legal in most states. And it's going to be a long time before Kansas catches on.

centrist1 4 years, 1 month ago

Deaconblue and why think your cheese has slipped off your cracker.

igby 4 years, 1 month ago

The haves will be robbed by the have nots. Think about a home invaision robbery of 4 or more ounces of high grade grass. It's like a school yard bully taking your lunch money. He knows you will get more so he will come back again and again and take your medical pot and what a good robbrey of 1200 or more in street value and any othes stuff else he wants.

Dan Thalmann 4 years, 1 month ago

From some of the stories friends have told me about Colorado and California, when medical marijuana is legal, many people are suddenly ill and in need of this drug and are usually able to get prescribed medical marijuana. "Dude, I struggle with ADD!" Is what one supporter told me once. I say no.

Kirk Larson 4 years, 1 month ago

But you notice there are no riots in the streets in Colorado. No brimstone falling from the skies. Cats aren't laying down with squirrels. What's the problem? I know the liquor industry is dead set against it, but they're afraid of losing revenue.

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